Time’s flying by real fast: we’re already halfway through 2017! It seems like only yesterday that I was celebrating the new year. So, I thought it’d be fun to show you guys my top 5 reads of 2017. So far, because there are many more fun reads to come in the other half of this year!
5. The Doll’s House by M.J. Arlidge
A young woman wakes up in a cold, dark cellar, with no idea how she got there or who her kidnapper is. So begins her terrible nightmare.
Nearby, the body of another young woman is discovered buried on a remote beach. But the dead girl was never reported missing – her estranged family having received regular texts from her over the years. Someone has been keeping her alive from beyond the grave.
For Detective Inspector Helen Grace it’s chilling evidence that she’s searching for a monster who is not just twisted but also clever and resourceful – a predator who’s killed before.
And as Helen struggles to understand the killer’s motivation, she begins to realize that she’s in a desperate race against time . . .
Last Tuesday I finished reading this thrilling crime read. If you’re following me on here or on my instagram, you may know that I’m a sucker for a good thriller and The Doll’s House (and the rest of this series about DI Helen Grace, this is the third book) definitely belongs to my favourites! You can find my review on this book over here!
4. Condemned by Hayley Oakes
For eight years, I’ve lived with the scars left by him.
William Devereux consumed me until I didn’t know where I ended and he began … I tried to forget but I was forever changed.
And now he’s back.
Gone is the aggressive hothead who hurt me and set my body on fire in equal measure, replaced with a responsible, doting, single father.
I’m trying my best to remain unaffected.
He’s trying his best to make amends.
Sometimes the one thing you shouldn’t want, is the one thing you can’t breathe without.
I’ve read a lot of New Adult novels, but this definitely was one of the best I’ve read so far! It has love, but also suspense in it, so it’s perfect for me! You can find my review on this book over here!
3. Behind the Door by A. Gavazzoni
When Lara dies at the hands of a Manhattan lawyer during a sex game, his defense attorney, Carl, hires Simone, a psychiatrist, professor and author of books on sexual behavior to help him buttress his argument that Lara’s death was accidental. To help his defense, Carl’s client has written a detailed account of his steamy, year-long relationship with Lara. Carl gives the text to Simone for analysis.
While evaluating the presumed killer’s writing Simone continues to receive psychiatric patients with sexual disorders and unusual fantasies, and to research strange sexual behavior for her next book. Meanwhile, Simone’s clinical partner, friend and research colleague, Edward, is working with the police to capture a serial killer who is torturing and killing women.
From hot and unusual sex and interesting psychiatric patients, to the swing houses of New York and Paris, this fast-paced page-turner is a blend of mystery, suspense, humor, romance and erotica.
Like Condemned, this was a (New) Adult novel where love gets combined with suspense. And this novel even contained a murderinvestigation and A LOT of super steamy scenes. That’s why it gets a higher place in this top 5! You can find my review on this book over here!
2. HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay until death. Whoever comes to stay, never leaves.
Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Blind and silenced, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s beds for nights on end. So accustomed to her have the townsfolk become that they often forget she’s there. Or what a threat she poses. Because if the stitches are ever cut open, the story goes, the whole town will die.
The curse must not be allowed to spread. The elders of Black Spring have used high-tech surveillance to quarantine the town. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break the strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into a dark nightmare.
When I saw this book in the bookshops I was immediately caught by the title, the cover and of course the blurb. But when I found out that the author of HEX is Dutch, I knew I had to buy and read it. I read the Dutch edition of this book, which has, I believe, a slightly different ending from the English one. This story is so well built up and every thing just made sense. It was creepy, thrilling, suspenseful and you really got to know the main characters. Just thinking about the story makes me immediately want to reread this book! You can find my review on this book over here!
1. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Story of a Childhood and The Story of a Return
The intelligent and outspoken child of radical Marxists, and the great-grandaughter of Iran’s last emperor, Satrapi bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. This is a beautiful and intimate story full of tragedy and humour – raw, honest and incredibly illuminating.
This was the first book I read about Iran. Since I didn’t know the first thing about Iran’s culture nor the country’s history it was a very interesting read and I’m sure that I will remember and reread this book a couple of times. It’s a graphic memoir and because of the drawings, that seem super simple at first glance, the story gets so much stronger than when it would be just text.